Safety for Women Solo Travelers

Safety for Women Solo Travelers

Women solo TravelTraveling is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.  As a young person, the world is your oyster and you can pick and choose the life you want to lead and this often includes dreams of travel.  As an older person, you find yourself thinking about living and possibly retiring in an exotic foreign land, but many people think of travel in terms of traveling WITH someone.  What if you were to travel alone?  And what if you were a woman traveling alone?

There are many dangers to traveling, just as there are many dangers to being a race car driver, each has good points and bad points.  A number of women have made the decision to travel alone, and because they are alone there are some special considerations to keeping safe.  These articles below were compiled from around the web to provide some basic safety tips.  You will also find a few blogs from women around the world that have decided on solo travel, check out their blogs posts and follow their progress.  Be sure to comment and let us know what you think about these articles.  Also, if you’d like to add your two cents to this blog with your own travel experiences please let us know…and ALWAYS be safe.



Solo Female Traveler Blogs


Adventurous Kate offers great tid bits of information on her blog.  She states on her blog “At age 26, I quit my job to travel the world alone. I spent six fantastic months in Southeast Asia.”  This is impressive and her insight to travel is priceless.  She offers subscriptions to her blog, and if you’re a woman considering solo-travel, then consider signing up to be on her list.

ALittleAdrift is another female traveler that has parlayed her travel experience into working as a travel writer.  Her bio reads: “Shannon here! I’m a traveling writer (or perhaps a writing traveler) and web consultant. In 2008, I left my home in the States to travel solo around the world … hoping to redefine my story of myself and my story of the world. Years later, I’m still on this journey—sometimes with my niece in tow—traveling slowly and sharing stories of life, culture, and vegetarian eats.”

TheTravelChica has several posts about safety.  Stephanie started her solo travel at 29 through Latin American and continues to explore the world alone and sometimes with friends.  Her adventures and her safety tips are a great intro to some of the places people only dream of traveling to.

Anna has some Badass” tips in this blog for those of you traveling as a solo female – she should know, she’s been living the dream and can offer tips to help your next travel.


Articles of Interest


These articles listed offer some insight into travel for the solo traveler.  Take some time to read them – they come from different places around the web and offer different points of view.


The Most Wonderful Problem For Solo Female Travelers To Have

It is the most wonderful of irritations and problems to have.

That people care enough about my life and well-being and happiness (and the well-being and happiness of my family) to voice uncomfortable questions and concerns in an effort to understand why I would pack up my hiking bag and hop flights all over the world.

I remind myself of this every time I want to pinch the bridge of my nose and let out an exasperated sigh.

Read more—>  http://www.forbes.com/sites/elisadoucette/2013/02/07/sarai-sierra-emphasizes-that-women-need-to-keep-traveling/


10 Simple Tips to Keep Yourself Safe on a Solo Adventure Abroad

By  on July 1, 2013

By Megan Hettwer

Solo adventures have a bad reputation – especially for women. But, there’s no reason that us girls shouldn’t enjoy a trip abroad by ourselves. In reality, many destinations abroad are just as safe (and sometimes safer) than our hometowns. If you use the common sense and street smarts that you’ve likely acquired over the years, you can easily have a fantastic solo trip.



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Me traveling solo in Berlin.

Due to recent events in the news of a young 33 year old American mother being found murdered in Istanbul while traveling by herself, the public is questioning “Is traveling solo and especially is traveling solo as a female a safe thing to do?“. The answer that I give you (as a frequent solo traveler myself) along with an overwhelmingly LARGE response from the travel community is YES. Yes it is safe and you will quickly learn from the posts I share below that the problem here that we should focus on is violence against women at home and abroad and has nothing to do with traveling solo or not.


10 Safety Mistakes Women Shouldn’t Make When Traveling Alone
August 27, 2012 9:06 am by Caroline Morse

Solo travel can be exhilarating, freeing, and helpful in learning new things about yourself. But solo travelers, especially females, can also be more vulnerable while alone on the road. We spoke to some solo women travel experts who shared their top mistakes to avoid when traveling alone.


10 ways for women to stay safe when traveling alone – TechRepublic

Women traveling by themselves need to take some extra precautions. Here are a few practical pointers to help women stay safe on those solo business trips. About half of business travelers are women. Although the travel 



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Safety should always be a concern when traveling, but it should not be the only reason you decide not to go on that trip you’ve been dreaming of.  There are many places around the world that can seem dangerous and this is usually due to a generalized stereotyping of a certain country or peoples.  The truth is that there are dangerous places, but not as many as people think.  Of course you may not want to walk into a war zone, but many exotic locations have gotten a bad wrap simply because of one or two incidents.

Here are a few posts from around the web and some video you might be interested in.


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Checking out the Latest Travel Warnings

The US State Department has issued a new Travel warning for the Sulu archipelago which are a chain of islands in the southwestern Philippines.  Due to kidnappings, the US Embassy has decided to give a travel warning for foreigners traveling at leisure.  If your travel is for pleasure, you may want to consider other options..read more.

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US issues new travel warning
Philippine Star, on Sat, 06 Jul 2013 11:04:32 -0700
“US citizens should continue to defer non-essential travel to the Sulu archipelago, due to the high threat of kidnapping of international travelers and violence linked to insurgency and terrorism there,” said a US embassy travel alert released on




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Egypt embassy in SA: We’re safe for travel
Mail & Guardian Online, on Mon, 08 Jul 2013 22:46:18 -0700
“We would like to assure our travellers that Egypt is still safe to travel to and to visit,” spokesperson Amina Hatem said in a statement on Monday. “All normal aspects of life including Egypt Air’s operations and international travel are safeguarded

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Travel Abroad – US Department of State

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If you’re traveling abroad, a visit to the Healthy Traveler Service at Bridgeport Hospital should be part of your pre-travel checklist. The Healthy Traveler …

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US issues new travel warning
Philippine Star, on Sat, 06 Jul 2013 11:04:32 -0700
“US citizens should continue to defer non-essential travel to the Sulu archipelago, due to the high threat of kidnapping of international travelers and violence linked to insurgency and terrorism there,” said a US embassy travel alert released on

Travel Warnings on Egypt – NYTimes.com
Travel Warnings on Egypt. By EMILY BRENNAN. The rising tensions and violence in Egypt over the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, the country’s deposed president, have compelled some tour operators to cancel their scheduled trips and foreign governments to advise their citizens against The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office also recommended against all but essential travel to Egypt. A Surf Camp With an Emphasis on Safety Frommers Travel Tips 

Travel Advisory: How to Avoid Thefts, Cons, and Street Scams While Traveling
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4 days ago Tips for Traveling Abroad The Department of State has issued this Travel Warning to inform For more information on road safety and crime along Mexico’s ….. Sonora is a key region in the international drug and human 


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Always Check current Travel Warnings



Travel Warnings for the US

As the world continues to become a more volatile place, it’s a smart thing to check out the local Travel Advisories for the country you are traveling to.  This portion of the site is geared toward getting out the best information so you don’t find yourself traveling to a place that can put you in danger.

Currently the State Department has listed these places under Current Travel Warnings.  These are the places you need to watch out for.  Visit the State Department website for the most current and up to date information.

Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff. The countries listed below meet those criteria.


Philippines    07/05/2013
Kenya    07/05/2013
Egypt    07/03/2013
Somalia    06/21/2013
Israel, the West Bank and Gaza    06/19/2013
Honduras   06/17/2013
Niger    06/14/2013
Chad    06/11/2013
Libya    06/07/2013
Nigeria    06/03/2013
Iran    05/24/2013
Mauritania    05/21/2013
Cote d’Ivoire   05/16/2013
Eritrea    05/10/2013
Central African Republic    05/10/2013
Congo, Democratic Republic of the    04/24/2013
Burundi    04/22/2013
Sudan    04/16/2013
Colombia    04/11/2013
Pakistan    04/09/2013
Lebanon    04/01/2013
Republic of South Sudan   03/29/2013
Mali    03/22/2013
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of    03/14/2013
Guinea    03/14/2013
Tunisia    03/13/2013
Syria    03/01/2013
Iraq    02/25/2013
Algeria    02/19/2013
Afghanistan    01/29/2013
El Salvador    01/23/2013
Haiti    12/28/2012
Mexico    11/20/2012
Yemen   11/19/2012
Saudi Arabia   11/19/2012